Some waiting periods start again from 1 April 2021

17 March 2021

The newly arrived resident’s waiting period and the seasonal work preclusion period will soon apply again.

What this means for newly arrived residents

The temporary removal of the newly arrived resident’s waiting period (NARWP) will end on 31 March 2021.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) we temporarily removed the NARWP for:

The time you’ve spent in Australia as a resident or eligible visa holder counts towards this waiting period. If you got a payment from us while your NARWP was suspended, this period will still count towards your waiting period.

Your payment will stop on 1 April 2021 if both of these apply:

  • you haven’t served the full NARWP
  • you don’t have an exemption.

We sent you a letter if your payment will stop from 1 April 2021. You can lodge a new claim if you have finished the waiting period or think you meet an exemption. We’ll check if you’re eligible for a payment.

You can also use our Payment and Service Finder tool to see what payments and services you may be eligible for.

What this means for seasonal workers

The seasonal work preclusion period may apply if you’ve recently finished seasonal, contract or intermittent work. You may have to wait if you claim one of the following payments after 31 March 2021:

What changes there are to other waiting periods

The waiting period for moving to an area of lower employment prospects will start again from 22 March 2021.

We’ve extended the waiver of the 1 week ordinary waiting period until 30 June 2021. It may apply again if you claim one of the following payments from 1 July 2021:

  • JobSeeker Payment
  • Parenting Payment
  • Youth Allowance for job seekers.

Where to get more information

For these waiting periods, there may be waivers or exemptions for your circumstances. You can phone us on your usual payment line at any time while serving a waiting period.

Read more about waiting periods.

Page last updated: 22 March 2021